Tomato ketchup omelette? What’s that?!

“You’re making tomato ketchup omelette?” …. long pause … “What’s that?” That was our reaction when we found out what’s for dinner.

My dear friend J invited us over to her flat for a girlie evening in. She made some simple home cooked meal. Simple but delicious. She introduced us to what she calls it ‘tomato ketchup omelette’. That’s right! It’s not just omelette with tomatoes, but there’s tomato ketchup in it as well! None of us has any idea what it is. But it turned out to be my favourite dish of the night. It was pretty easy to make. So I watched and learn. We were just standing and watching while she prepares everything. The only thing I helped out was to cook the lettuce then add in some oyster sauce and sesame oil. That was pretty easy compared to her, cooking four dishes for just the three of us. It was a really good night with loads of food, watched six continuous episodes of Gossip Girls and having a laugh. That’s not it, we are girls who eat a lot. After that mountain of food we had with rice, honey melon followed then came the cracker steamed cake I made. I will share recipes of the cake later. For now, make some omelette and hope you like it as much as I do.

Tomato ketchup omelette and stir fried British sweetheart cabbage

TOMATO KETCHUP OMELETTE RECIPE

I would now like to share this special recipe of my first attempt to make J’s tomato ketchup omelette with you. The measurements of ingredients aren’t critical. It is just a rough guide. So cook it to your taste. Cook and taste, cook and taste.

  • 3 large tomatoes (quartered)
  • 3 large eggs
  • a pinch of ground white pepper
  • 3 tbs tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1 tbs sugar
  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil on the pan.
  2. Put the tomatoes in the pan until they soften a little.
  3. While the tomatoes are in the pan, beat the eggs with a pinch of ground white pepper.
  4. Pour in the beaten eggs. Wait until it is half cooked then flip to cook the other side.
  5. Add in the tomato ketchup, sugar and water.
  6. Let it simmer for a little while and plate up.

Note : The beauty of this dish is that it does not have to be a perfectly round omelette. In fact, it’s better that you break them up so the eggs are coated with sweet sauce.

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STIR FIRED CABBAGE RECIPE

  • 4 leaves of British sweetheart cabbage (finely sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (sliced)
  • ground white pepper
  • light soy sauce
  1. Heat the pan with some oil. Fry the garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add in the sliced carrots then the cabbage.
  3. Add in a pinch of ground white pepper and some light soy sauce to taste.

Note : You can use any cabbage of your choice.

Tip : If you’re not having this dish with the omelette above, cook an egg with the cabbage. They go well together. Step 4: Push the cabbage to the side of the pan. Break an egg in the middle. Fold in the cabbage when egg is almost done. mix them all together and serve.

Pleasure induced sunday

For any of you who love chocolate, you must have checked out Chocolate Unwrapped at Vinopolis in London last weekend. I’m no chocolate connoisseur but I love my chocolates! So I was there for some amazing chocolate experience. What is better than spending the whole of Sunday tasting chocolates from the few top chocolatiers, all under one roof!

Chocolate Unwrapped’ by Chocolate Week

The minute we enter, there’s a section about cacao beans and then the many chocolatiers showcasing their chocolates. We were so distracted by the beautiful displays of chocolates. In no time, all three of us girlies started tasting chocolates. We were obviously too engrossed with the many chocolates we were surrounded by that we missed the scheduled ‘Chocolate Tasting’ talk by Seventypercent. But we managed to catch the last bit of the session and learn a little something.

The three important steps for when you taste chocolates.

  1. Smell – Always smell before tasting. It smells different from the taste.
  2. Melt – Let it melt on your tongue and identify the flavour.
  3. Length – The better the chocolate the longer it lingers in your mouth. The taste changes through time.

There were a few chocolate brands that I would like to mention. I was so happy that Cacao Sampaka was here. I was looking for the main shop the second time I was in Barcelona but could not find it. I was probably distracted by the other activity my dear friend had in place for me. And my excitement still remains after tasting their chocolates; chocolate coated raspberry, blackberry chocolate bar and ‘gin & tonic’ chocolate bar. All were wonderful.

Melt‘s ‘smoke’ chocolate bar is worth mentioning. They are made from cacao beans grown near a volconic region. It has a subtle smokiness with a little hint of bacon. Bacon tasting chocolate? Try it and you’ll know what I meant.

Then there is Nicky Grant’s pretty and skilfully decorated cake. I want that cake!! It’ll be perfect for a wedding. It is the sort of cake any girl would want to have for their wedding.

For those of you with bumps on your tummy, there is also something for a baby shower. Patchi does the cutest little boxed chocolates. Of course, they don’t only do that for baby showers. They are perfect for all sorts of events as thank you gifts; boxed and adorned with any flower or deco you wish.

For baby girl

For baby boy

Too much of writing about chocolate is making me feel like going for a chocolate spa. That’ll be bliss!! In the mean time, I’m set to finding my favourite chocolate bar; ‘THE ONE’. Going to stock up some good chocolates soon.